ROBINSON (WILLIAM HEATH) An archive of original illustrations, proofs and dust-jacket artwork for the 1944 publication Once Upon a Time by Lilian M. Clopet and three autograph letters signed ("W. Heath Robinson") 25, Southwood Avenue, Highgate, N.6., 25 September 1943, 3 January 1944 and 9 August 1944
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ROBINSON (WILLIAM HEATH)
An archive of original illustrations, proofs and dust-jacket artwork for the 1944 publication Once Upon a Time by Lilian M. Clopet; and three autograph letters signed ("W. Heath Robinson"), 25, Southwood Avenue, Highgate, N.6., 25 September 1943, 3 January 1944 and 9 August 1944
Sold for £ 11,875 (US$ 15,191) inc. premium

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ROBINSON (WILLIAM HEATH) An archive of original illustrations, proofs and dust-jacket artwork for the 1944 publication Once Upon a Time by Lilian M. Clopet and three autograph letters signed ("W. Heath Robinson") 25, Southwood Avenue, Highgate, N.6., 25 September 1943, 3 January 1944 and 9 August 1944
ROBINSON (WILLIAM HEATH)
An archive of original illustrations, proofs and dust-jacket artwork for the 1944 collection of short stories Once Upon a Time by Lilian M. Clopet, comprising 35 pen and ink drawings with captions, for the stories 'The House with the Glass Key', 'The Scarlet Boots', 'The Woodcutter and his Three Sons', and 'The Tale of the Apothecary's Assistant', on artist's board, 22 with agent's stamp and identifying signature ("W.H. Robinson") on reverse, some light dust staining, some corners bumped, pin holes in corners where mounted, 275 x 190mm. and smaller ; artwork for the dust-jacket with tracing paper overlay to indicate the second colour for printing; 40 printed page proofs for the illustrations and corrected galley proofs with author's and publisher's marks, datestamped 12 Nov 1943; three autograph letters signed ("W. Heath Robinson"), two to Lilian Clopet, telling her he is glad to be illustrating her stories ("No doubt you will like me to have a perfectly free hand...") and welcoming her suggestions; the other, almost a year later, regretting that Mr Muller turned down her last book of stories, offering to illustrate it should she find another publisher and looking forward to the publication of Once Upon a Time, ("..which I very much enjoyed illustrating..."); the third, a part-letter to Frederick Muller, the publisher, sending illustrations for the new book and discussing galley proofs, 4 pages, creased, small tears, filing holes, 4to, 25, Southwood Avenue, Highgate, N.6., 25 September 1943, 3 January 1944 and 9 August 1944

Footnotes

  • "I THINK THEY WILL LEND THEMSELVES WELL TO MY STYLE OF FANTASTIC ILLUSTRATION"; Heath Robinson writes enthusiastically of his collaboration with Dr Lilian Clopet, evidently having enjoyed having free rein to explore his own idiosyncratic style. This was to be his last major project. In our letter of 9 August 1944 he explains that he has been ill and that he has to go into hospital for an operation - he was to die on 13 September.
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